Monthly Archives: September 2012

Welcome Back to Research Therapy!

So you’re going to cite a website in that paper? If you want to impress your professors with a great bibliography, you need to to evaluate your sources carefully. Watch this short video and read below to learn what you should know about researching using the web.

What qualities should your web source have?
As a scholar-in-training, you are learning to decipher good information from the lousy in order to have an informed understanding of a topic. If you’re going to use a web source for your project, it should have these qualities:
Authoritative- the information comes from a qualified source
Unbiased– the information is balanced and shows both sides in a non-persuasive manner
Current– the information is up-to-date for your particular topic
Accurate– the information reported is verifiable and opinions are distinct from fact
Ask yourself these questions to determine if your source is right for your needs:

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But what about domains?
Let’s take a look at what common domains mean, and why you might want look beyond where it was registered to determine if the information you’re getting suits your research needs.
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Now that you’re equipped to evaluate the website you want to use, you can handle these issues. Know who is posting this information online and why. Make sure you’re getting your information from experts. Provide a balanced view of your topic. And, be sure you’re capable of understanding and synthesizing the information. It takes time to learn this stuff! Be a little skeptical and you’re already on your way.
Still don’t get it? You can always Ask A Librarian for help.

– Anna Fidgeon

annaliese.fidgeon@csun.edu

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Introducing New Video Series: Research Therapy

Welcome Matadors! The Oviatt Library would like to introduce our new Fall video series Research Therapy. Every couple of weeks we will release a short 2-3 minute instructional video. The purpose of these videos is to provide you with tips and tricks that we think you might find helpful throughout the semester. Some of the topics include: how to find books, evaluating websites, using Google Scholar and citing your sources. The first video in this series is “How to Find Books on the Shelf.” We realize that our Library is pretty large and it can be confusing for new users. The focus of this video is how to take the call number of the book and find it on the shelf.  For more videos and tutorials please visit our Tutorials and How-to’s page.

We hope you find this video helpful as you navigate through your first couple of weeks of the Fall semester.

How to Find a Book on the Shelf

-Laurie Borchard

laurie.borchard@csun.edu

 Please tell us what you think about our Research Therapy videos at our survey. Thank you.